“Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking...This is indeed the opposite of real hope, which requires action and engagement.” - Jane Goodall
Company
Green Creek Productions
I write, direct, and produce films and series that examine neglected social issues to inspire compassionate action on our planet. This year I completed my first feature, LIVE OUT LOUD, a documentary that illustrates the transformative power of filmmaking. Shot over one year, this documentary tells the stories of Sumaiyya, David, and John, three people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon as they are empowered and begin to heal from childhood trauma by learning to make films in a grant-funded class. The film was scored by the world-renowned musicians of The Gallop Quintet, featuring Kidd Jordan on sax, Hamid Drake on percussion, Alex de Grassi on guitar, and Don Paul on spoken word. In addition to working on my own projects, I co-produce Connectivity Project, a documentary series about people and organizations making a positive impact on our interconnected world, and serve as Vice President for the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Before shifting my focus to film, I taught writing and literature at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon for many years. In 2020 I moved back to my birth state, Kentucky, in order to be closer to family. I grew up on a cattle and tobacco farm in Bourbon County long before smoking was out and Bourbon was cool. As a person with chronic Lyme and autoimmune disease, I'm eager to get started on documentaries that address inequities for people with both visible and invisible disabilities.
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    Live Out Loud2021
    Documentary
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    Live Out Loud2021
    Documentary
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    "Esperanza's Turn"2019
    Short
    "Circles"2014
    Short
WORLD PREMIERE
Live Out Loud
Dances With Films
Hollywood
2022
Finalist - Best International Short
"Esperanza's Turn"
Swedish International Film Festival
Arvika
2021
2nd Place - Women's Issues Themed
"Esperanza's Turn"
New York io Film Festival/Limited Roku Streaming
NYC
2021
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Kalakari Film Festival
Dewas, India
2021
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Children's Film Festival Seattle
Seattle
2021
Best Sound Design
"Esperanza's Turn"
Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
New York
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Studio City International Film & TV Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Paris Lift-Off Film Festival
Paris
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Portland Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2020
Finalist
"Esperanza's Turn"
Toronto Film Magazine
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Silver Mention - Best Social Issues Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Phoenix Monthly Film Festival
Maple, Ontario
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Louisville International Film Festival
Louisville, Kentucky
2020
Best Sound Design
"Esperanza's Turn"
Cyrus International Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Best Director Award and Nominee for Best Oregon Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Oregon Short Film Festival
The Dalles
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
The Short Film Filmmaker's Showcase at Pinewood Studios
London
2020
Rising Star Award for Dramatic Short Film
"Esperanza's Turn"
Colorado International Activism Film Festival
Denver
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
New York Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Online
2020
Honorable Jury Mention/Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
Greater Noida, India
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Las Cruces
2020
Nominee: Best Oregon Filmmaker
"Esperanza's Turn"
McMinnville Short Film Festival
McMinnville
2020
Best Editing
"Esperanza's Turn"
iNDIE Film Festival
Phoenix
2020
Official Selection
"Esperanza's Turn"
International Peace & Film Festival
Orlando, Florida
2020
College
Northwest Film Center
Certificate in Filmmaking
20032010
College
Portland State University
M.A. in English Literature
19931995
College
Miami of Ohio
English Literature
19891993
High School
Bourbon County High School, Paris, Kentucky
19851989
Birth Date
February 21, 1971
Current City
Louisville, Kentucky
Hometown
Paris, Kentucky
Married To
David Rue
"Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." - Michelle Obama
“Hope is often misunderstood. People tend to think that it is simply passive wishful thinking...This is indeed the opposite of real hope, which requires action and engagement.” - Jane Goodall
Company
Green Creek Productions
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  • Live Out Loud Poster